Cabinet of Local Change, interim update – what we’ve done, are doing and plan to do

Download the interim update  in full and checkout Simon Ryders blog too, it’s all getting VERY interesting!


 What we have done so far:

  • We have hosted 2 sessions at 2 libraries
  • The first focused on introducing the project
  • The second provided training in WordPress
  • 20 people have attended from a wide range of backgrounds – artists, a nurse, architects, librarians, editors, school students, local business people, retired policeman & an engineer to name a few
  • We hope to work with young people to act as gateways for each library
  • We are referring to a library blog as being ‘an online library newsletter’ which helps to bridge the book and the virtual, and can make provision for printing some out too, as table pieces
  • People are enthusiastic and learning fast, there’s a real buzz in the workshops
  • We attended the Armoury Hall launch and encouraged people to engage
  • Begun a survey of attendees

What Simon has done in terms of research:

  • Written 9 blogs & Carolyn made a dedicated webpage too
  • Inspired by local conversations, Simon has visited – research woods with FC; meadow groups; Bullo Pill in response to local stories; Woodford Engineering about laser cutting; researched fungi; researched history of tree diseases +
  • Had curatorial conversations with Carolyn about production and construction of a cabinet in some form that can remain in the Forest and have the potential to grow too

What we want to do in the future:

  • We’re talking to schools and youth groups about future projects, with more time to plan and perfect the programme
  • We hope to apply for funding to do this with these orgs as named partners
  • We believe this is a strong pilot and is evidencing a real need for innovative approaches to learning through art and technology

Newnham Library session 2

Published by carolyn black

I'm an artist and also commission contemporary art in unusual locations. As a producer, I fundraise, curate, project manage and deliver projects. I'm also a writer and film-maker.

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